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#61 Chrissy

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:19

A follow-up question--polish the nib, or leave the aged patina on the gold?

I would polish it and use it. Having said that I currently have 2 Montblanc WE's that I have never inked up, so I'm hardly one to talk!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 18:41


Thank you, David :thumbup: Go forth and ink that pen! While you're doing that, I'm going to look online for a piston fill 360.

Make sure it fits your hand, Paul. These pens virtually enforce the tripod grip. That's no problem if you're used to that, but if not...

Interesting point, Peter, thank you. I tend to turn my nib a little to the left, I wonder how the tri-corn section would affect that?
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 18:43


A follow-up question--polish the nib, or leave the aged patina on the gold?

I would polish it and use it. Having said that I currently have 2 Montblanc WE's that I have never inked up, so I'm hardly one to talk!

Well, I won't give you a finger wag on those two pens :happyberet: I ended not polishing the nib and gave it a light buff with a silk cloth, and it shined up nicely.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 18:55



Thank you, David :thumbup: Go forth and ink that pen! While you're doing that, I'm going to look online for a piston fill 360.

Make sure it fits your hand, Paul. These pens virtually enforce the tripod grip. That's no problem if you're used to that, but if not...

Interesting point, Peter, thank you. I tend to turn my nib a little to the left, I wonder how the tri-corn section would affect that?


If you buy from someone like John Mottishaw he will rotate the nib to suit your hand. He would likely need some pictures and writing samples from you.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 19:35




Thank you, David :thumbup: Go forth and ink that pen! While you're doing that, I'm going to look online for a piston fill 360.

Make sure it fits your hand, Paul. These pens virtually enforce the tripod grip. That's no problem if you're used to that, but if not...

Interesting point, Peter, thank you. I tend to turn my nib a little to the left, I wonder how the tri-corn section would affect that?


If you buy from someone like John Mottishaw he will rotate the nib to suit your hand. He would likely need some pictures and writing samples from you.


I use the tripod grip and the 360 doesn't work for me in stock form. In stock form it's a hit or miss pen. It's not the grip alone which determines matter a, and even having the nib angled off baseline. It's probably everything, grip, nib position, hand and wrist position as well. My problem is I have to tweak my wrist uncomfortably for the nib to hit the page properly.

jar is correct that, the nib can be rotated when the stock nib position doesn't work. I just pulled the nib myself, rotated and tested until I found the sweet spot for my grip.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 20:36

If you buy from someone like John Mottishaw he will rotate the nib to suit your hand. He would likely need some pictures and writing samples from you.


I use the tripod grip and the 360 doesn't work for me in stock form. In stock form it's a hit or miss pen. It's not the grip alone which determines matter a, and even having the nib angled off baseline. It's probably everything, grip, nib position, hand and wrist position as well. My problem is I have to tweak my wrist uncomfortably for the nib to hit the page properly.
jar is correct that, the nib can be rotated when the stock nib position doesn't work. I just pulled the nib myself, rotated and tested until I found the sweet spot for my grip.

Thank you for these points, jar and Eric.

If this is something I look into, then I'll have to actually give the pen a try before deciding to buy one. Re-setting the nib is something I can do, but would have to seriously love the pen to commit myself to it.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 22:54


If you buy from someone like John Mottishaw he will rotate the nib to suit your hand. He would likely need some pictures and writing samples from you.


I use the tripod grip and the 360 doesn't work for me in stock form. In stock form it's a hit or miss pen. It's not the grip alone which determines matter a, and even having the nib angled off baseline. It's probably everything, grip, nib position, hand and wrist position as well. My problem is I have to tweak my wrist uncomfortably for the nib to hit the page properly.
jar is correct that, the nib can be rotated when the stock nib position doesn't work. I just pulled the nib myself, rotated and tested until I found the sweet spot for my grip.

Thank you for these points, jar and Eric.

If this is something I look into, then I'll have to actually give the pen a try before deciding to buy one. Re-setting the nib is something I can do, but would have to seriously love the pen to commit myself to it.


Could you make it to one of the Toronto or Cambridge pen meets?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:03

What a popular topic!

Great decision and so pleased that you loved it (thanks to a little nail work!)

As for the 360s - I love mine and, as long as you don't go for the high-brid modern design (which Omas themselves seem to have moved away from too), they are a great pen - and a little different. Just go to a pen store first and get a feel for whether its comforable for you.

Otherwise, go find an Omas celluloid from around the early 1990s :cloud9:
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 15:53

congrats for inking the LE pen! how will you know they are good writers if you don't ink them?

Here's a writing sample I posted on other thread of one of my daily carry pen:

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 16:56

congrats for inking the LE pen! how will you know they are good writers if you don't ink them?

Here's a writing sample I posted on other thread of one of my daily carry pen:


Is that a factory stub?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 19:48


congrats for inking the LE pen! how will you know they are good writers if you don't ink them?

Here's a writing sample I posted on other thread of one of my daily carry pen:


Is that a factory stub?


Yes it is! a nice springy nib :thumbup:
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing